Category:Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand

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  • James Mills
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  • 1875
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Union Company (it); Union Steam Ship Company (de); Union Steam Ship Company (pt); Union Company (en); Union Company (fr); Union Company (nl) Union Steam Ship Company (it)

—casually referred to as Union, Union Company, Union Steam Ship Company (USS Co), or Union Line

was once the biggest shipping line in the southern hemisphere and New Zealand's largest private-sector employer. It was incorporated by James Mills in Dunedin in 1875 with the backing of a Scottish shipbuilder, Peter Denny.

Bought (secretly) by shipping giant P & O around the time of the First World War it was sold in 1972 to an Australasian consortium and closed at the end of the twentieth century.